We have temporarily closed all Denver Botanic Gardens locations. Denver Botanic Gardens’ response to COVID-19

Crevice garden west of the meadows in the Rock Alpine Garden

April Virtual Walking Tour - Rock Alpine Garden

April 3, 2020 | Mike Kintgen
In a complex world, a simple cycle like the return of spring can be reassuring. Nothing beats spring in the Rock Alpine Garden; rock gardens are traditionally at their best in spring as the residents are often native to high elevations and keyed to bloom during the brief alpine summers found around...Learn more
Deer Creek

The Next Generation of Scientists

April 1, 2020 | Stephanie White
Denver Botanic Gardens plays a critical role in the research and conservation of plants and their ecosystems. While many of our research and conservation efforts focus on stream sites throughout Jefferson County, rare plant populations on the Western Slope and seeds of native species throughout all...Learn more
Masdevallia mendozae

The Orchid Collection in the Greenhouses

March 30, 2020 | Nick Snakenberg
Believe it or not, this fall marks 10 years of growing plants in our new greenhouse facilities. The upgraded systems have impacted the quality and range of plants we can successfully cultivate, and this is especially noticeable in the orchid collection. Orchids are one of the largest plant families...Learn more
Spring garden

Spring Into Your Vegetable Garden

March 27, 2020 | Brien Darby
If you’ve recently found yourself in possession of a lot of free time and the need to stay close to home, this is the perfect opportunity to start your vegetable garden off on the right foot. Here is your checklist for March and April: Garden cleanup: If it didn’t happen last fall, clear out any...Learn more
Chatfield Farms CSA

The Power of Plants in Promoting Human Well-Being

March 25, 2020 | Sarada Krishnan
During this time of limited social interactions, overwhelming news and the directive to stay at home, it is perhaps more important than ever to unplug here and there and connect with nature. Even just getting outside into your yard, garden or onto your balcony to sit, undistracted, and take in the...Learn more
Boettcher Memorial Center

Connect with the Gardens While Social Distancing

March 16, 2020 | Erin Bird
While Denver Botanic Gardens may be temporarily closed, there are still plenty of ways to experience the Gardens digitally. Here are a few ideas for how to explore the Gardens from the safety of your home. From collection insight to gardening tips and botanical fun facts, our blog archives from...Learn more
Physaria alpina

Can alpine species “bank” on conservation?

March 12, 2020 | Alex Seglias
Imagine having your body frozen and being revived decades later to continue your life in society. Would it be expected that you should easily integrate despite the drastic changes that have taken place? Would you have health effects that could limit your quality of life? Conserving seeds in seed...Learn more
Pulsatilla vulgaris

March Walking Tour - Marching into Spring

March 9, 2020 | Cindy Newlander
As I write this, the Gardens is covered with a thick carpet of snow and snowflakes are gently falling again, but sunlight comes through my window ever later each day. March is usually the month that we start to see the landscape in the Denver region wake up. Buds enlarge on the previously dormant...Learn more
Art Floral Trading Mini Ceramic Vases (many varieties)

Declutter & Decorate

March 5, 2020 | Kaitlyn Heinz
Give your home a spring makeover! Every winter we look forward to the time when all the snow has melted and gone into hibernation, far from thought. We sweep off our stoops and porches in preparation of that first sign of spring. The thought of fresh buds on the trees and the smell of flowers...Learn more
Omphalina-epichysium_WikipemiaImage: Omphalina epichysium growing on a dead log.

Imaging the Sam Mitchel Herbarium of Fungi

March 3, 2020 | Rick Levy
In early 2019, the Freyer — Newman Center for Science, Art and Education was nothing but a deep hole in the ground, and the reality of moving the entirety of our natural history collections still felt like a distant oblivion. However, planning was well underway, and we wanted to be sure that our...Learn more
Cub Scout Exploration Days offer indoor and outdoor adventure.

Lions to Webelos, Your Cub Scout Adventure Awaits!

February 28, 2020 | Melissa Gula
Calling all Cub Scouts! All levels are invited to attend the Gardens second annual Cub Scout Exploration Day on March 21. The Gardens’ Cub Scout Exploration Day provides the opportunity for Cub Scout families and packs to explore plants and the natural world. Activities and explorations are...Learn more
Lactarius montanus

Lactarius in the Colorado Rockies

February 27, 2020 | Research & Conservation
Mushroom hobbyists and foragers may be familiar with milk-cap mushrooms, a type of fungus named for their fruiting bodies that produce a “milky” or latex-like substance, especially when cut or otherwise damaged. Many species are edible and are popular among collectors across the globe. These...Learn more